High Quality Research Act – to Lamar Smith Chairman on Science, Space, and Technology


May 16, 2013
The Honorable Lamar Smith
Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
U.S. House of Representatives
2321 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Mr. Chairman,
We are writing on behalf of the Center for Inquiry (CFI), a nonprofit organization that advocates for public policy based on  reason, science, and secular values. Our letter concerns your draft legislative proposal currently being cited as the “High Quality Research Act.” We strongly believe that this measure is both unnecessary and potentially harmful to science research supported by the United States government. 

As drafted, your bill would require a certification process for grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) that supersedes the peer review system that NSF has used so successfully. Specifically, your bill would require the NSF director to certify that a research project meets three criteria before awarding a grant to fund the project. The certification must state that the project: 

(1) is in the interests of the United States to advance the national health, prosperity, or 
welfare, and to secure the national defense by promoting the progress of science;

(2) is the finest quality, is ground breaking, and answers questions or solves problems 
that are of utmost importance to society at large, and;


(3) is not duplicative of other research projects being funded by the Foundation or other 
federal science agencies.


Your bill also suggests that these requirements be considered for all federal science agencies. However, these  requirements represent a serious misunderstanding of the nature of scientific inquiry and discovery and, if approved, would not facilitate, but instead obstruct productive scientific research.

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Written By: Lawrence Krauss – for CFI
continue to source article at centerforinquiry.net


  1. Yeah, but they know exactly what they’re doing. Their corporate sponsors know exactly what research they want done for them and paid for by the rest of us. So kick the liberal ivory tower eggheads (takers) to the curb and keep them in their place by intimidation. You might have tenure but your grants can dry up. You don’t have tenure? You won’t get it if you can’t get grants to do your research. You want to work on what you think is important and go hungry? Maybe you’d rather work on what we think is important and eat. Stop advocating against the interests of the oil companies, the military industrial complex, big pharma, big agra, etc. There is a full court press to eliminate all investments that benefit the common good and funnel them to private interests.

  2. High Quality Research Act

    The High Quality Research Act replacing peer review! !!!
    One can only presume that this “High Quality” is the sort of “high” which comes from drug induced psychosis, because it clearly has nothing to do with highly valued peer-reviewed research!

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